Stunning Landscapes in the South of France and the Beautiful Horses of Camargue
May 15 – 24, 2024
The South of France offers stunning panoramic photography of unique fields, ancient structures, and wildflowers that paint the landscapes. We will photograph portraits and the Gypsy festival in Saintes Maries de la Mer. But we will start our trip with some of the most exciting action photography on the planet—the Camargue horses with help from the cowboys of the Camargue known as “gardians.” Armed with their traditional lance, the gardians will help us take pictures of these white horses and bulls as they run in the Camargue’s swamps and salt pools.
We’ve crafted our itinerary to comfortably cover the best areas we know in this stunning area of the world and to provide the greatest diversity of photo opportunities. Our accommodations are among the best and most comfortable available, and everything is all-inclusive, including gratuities for our excellent English-speaking local guides.
Expect to be challenged and to learn a lot in this workshop. We will be beside you in the field and later in the classroom for Lightroom post-processing instruction. We’ll also have our signature image reviews.
This itinerary is subject to change due to weather, local conditions, and other factors.
May 15, 2024: Arrive at the Marseille, France airport today. We will have a welcome dinner in Marseille and do some nighttime photography around the harbor in Marseilles.
May 16, 2024: You will be transferred to our hotel in the Camargue region of the south of France. Our adventure starts with an afternoon briefing by our local guide. We will prepare you for the next four days of some of the most fantastic photography sessions you will ever experience–the Camargue horses. The first session of which will be tonight before sunset.
May 17–18, 2024: Over these two days, you will photograph the Camargue horses running and playing in marshes and on the beach. We will also photograph the gardians wrangling Camargue bulls. Between the photography sessions, we will review your images to help you create better images each time we visit the ranches.
May 19, 2024: Early this morning, we will head to the beach for our final session with the horses as they run along the shore of white sand. This is the perfect backdrop for photographing these attractive horses.
We will depart from this region in the afternoon and head towards the Luberon Valley. After a celebratory dinner to toast a successful first half of the trip, we focus on the rolling hills of the south of France. Tonight you will be treated to photographing the beautiful city of Gordes by night.
May 20, 2024: Today you are in for a treat. Your day will start with welcome coffee with homemade cakes and an introduction to the menu you will be making with help from our trained chef. We will then join our chef at a local market, where we will learn how to choose the ingredients. You’ll also be able to take photos at the local market before we return to the kitchen, where you will be taught the art of French cooking. We will then share your preparations around the table with our chef and his wife, enjoying our scenic Provencal environment overlooking the Luberon mountains.
After our meal, we will head out to the Luberon valley to capture a sunset over one of the local poppy fields.
May 21–22, 2024: For two days, we will photograph the old stone structures and landscapes of the South of France both early and late in the day for optimal light.
May 23, 2024: Gypsy Festival – The gathering you will photograph is a celebration that is held in the French township Les Saintes Maries de la Mer in southern France. Thousands of gypsies gather each year. You will feel that the town has returned to the Middle Ages. Families, the elderly, adults, young people, and children come from various European countries to meet friends, dance, sing, celebrate, and unite on a day that will precede the religious part of the festival.
May 24, 2024: You can schedule your flights home from Marseille, France at any time today
Moderate: Will be standing in thigh-high water with hip waders. Easy walks along cobblestone streets.
Arrive Marseille Provence Airport (MRS), Marseille, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur anytime on May 15, 2024. Flights out can be made after 11:00 AM on May 24, 2024. Air travel delays are common. Please arrive early, possibly even the day prior, so you don’t miss any of the workshop.
What to Bring
Please see our page How To Prepare For Your Workshop. We will send you a detailed information document 90 days before your workshop. This document will include specifics of where and when to meet, gear and clothing recommendations, and more.
- Double occupancy lodging. Single available for $1,000 supplement.
- All meals, soft drinks, and snacks during the workshop.
- All permits and park fees.
- All transportation during the workshop.
- Tips for crew, drivers, and local guides.
- English-speaking local guide throughout the workshop.
- Photographic guiding and instruction from 2 pros.
- Image reviews and post-processing instruction.
- Travel to and from Marseille, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.
- Passport and visa fees (if applicable).
- Any meals or accommodations before or after the workshop dates.
- Items of a personal nature.
- Alcoholic beverages.
- Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended).
- Anything else specifically not listed as included.
- Single rooming available for $1,000 supplement.
“Kevin was a wonderful pro. We all loved working with him. The trip was non-stop adventure and excitement and exceeded my expectations. Captain Dennis and his boat - top notch! ”
“You guys always put your heart and soul into these trips, and it shows—can't wait for more adventures :). ”
“This is where the workshop shone for me. This was my first Muench trip although I've attended other workshops. Sometimes, instructors teach in the classroom and during critiques, but only toss out tips in the field. With students having varying degrees of knowledge they seem to settle somewhere in the middle for instruction. This wasn't the case with Kevin. He met people where they were with their photography skills. He was polite, tactful and very perceptive about coaching us where we needed help. ”